Flyme, operated by Villa Air, a privately held Maldivian company, has made its maiden international voyage to Colombo, Sri lanka on 4th September 2020. A proud moment for Maldivian entrepreneurship, the airline has been operating domestically since 2011.
The flight to Colombo was a charter operated by a 100% Maldivian crew using the company’s brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft with 72 passenger seat capacity. According to a press release issued by Villa Air, prior to the flight to Colombo, the company had successfully completed the rigorous certification processes required by the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority, to obtain a variation allowing Flyme to operate international flights using its maldivian Air Operator Certificate.
Plans to take Flyme to international skies have been ongoing since early 2019. Flyme will continue work towards starting scheduled flights between Velana International Airport and Ratmalana Airport in Sri Lanka as soon as Sri Lankan borders reopen, giving hundreds of Maldivians and Sri Lankans alike easy access for transportation between the two countries. Furthermore, Flyme will also be working in parallel to start scheduled operations to neighbouring India soon. With this international operation Villa Air will be able to contribute to a faster recovery of the Maldivian economy as countries slowly open their borders.
About Villa Air Pvt Ltd
Villa Air first started operations of its airline brand Flyme on 1st October 2011 using two ATR 42-500 aircraft. As Flyme approaches its 9 year anniversary next October, the company has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the aviation industry operating ATR aircraft and a brief stint of seaplane operation using a Cessna Caravan aircraft. The company currently has a fleet of four ATR aircraft consisting of one 72 seat ATR 72-600, two 68 seat ATR 72-500 and one 48 seat ATR 42-500.